KUCHING: 2020 is the year for online education. The Faculty of Engineering Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) scored a significant milestone by hosting the International Science and Technology Expo (i-STEEX) 2020 in conjunction with its flagship conference, the 13th International UNIMAS Engineering Conference 2020 (EnCon 2020).

Since its inception in 2016, the main goal of i-STEEX is to act as a platform for youths especially school students to apply their knowledge and creativity into innovative ideas. This is in line with the national science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) aspirations to nurture the young generations’ interest in STEM-related activities beyond physical classrooms.

This year, i-STEEX 2020 is conducted fully online through video competition on YouTube platform. The STEM-themed expo received overwhelming responses nationwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic. i-STEEX 2020 features 66 video presentations from various schools, institutions of higher learning and other agencies. Year 2020 marks 42 video submission from schools, 12 entries from school teachers under the STEM category and 12 entries from institutions of higher learning, government agencies and other tertiary institutions.

The expo is co-organized by Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Sarawak (JPNS), Students Association of Faculty of Engineering (SAFE) and A- Community-Centred Educational Model for developing Social Resilience (ACES).

Winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze award shall receive a prize money of RM1000, RM750 and RM500 respectively. Announcement of winners will be held on 28th October 2020 via officialisteex YouTube channel.